Film / The Hot Chick

The Hot Chick is a 2002 comedy-fantasy film starring Rob Schneider and Rachel McAdams.

Jessica Spencer (McAdams) is the "hot chick" who is selfish and mean-spirited. She has three friends: April (her best friend), Keecia and Lulu.

One day, when she is not allowed to get magical earrings, Jessica steals them. While driving home, she and her friends meet a criminal named Clive (Schneider), posing as a mechanic in hope that they won't know about his crimes. After they leave, he gets one of the earrings.

When the two put their earrings on, they switch bodies. Hilarity Ensues!


This film provides examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Clive (in Jessica's body) kept calling Billy "Bobby."
    Billy: (aggravated) It's Billy!
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Ling Ling sees her mother as this due to her Pretty Fly for a Middle-Aged Korean Woman attitude and heavy accent. Her friends don't agree with this assessment.
    Venetia: I wish my momma bought me some bling-bling.
  • Alpha Bitch:
    • Jessica, who's actually more of a Lovable Alpha Bitch.
      • At the end maybe, but in the beginning... not so much.
      • She does comfort her little brother who got bullied at school but went back to being mad at him when she saw him wearing her lipstick.
    • And Bianca, who is the evil one of the two.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Jessica's younger ambiguously transgender brother Booger.
  • Biggus Dickus: Implied with April's Reaction Shot
  • Bi the Way: One of the costumers at the strip club.
    • Alice, arguably. She briefly fell in love with Jessica while in Clive's body.
  • Blatant Lies: The guy who Clive (in Jessica's body) beats up in an alley lied in the news that he was trying to help her. And the guy who recorded the whole thing claims he just happens to be on the scene.
  • Butt Monkey: April's mother. And anyone who's inside Clive's body.
  • Can't You Read the Sign?: "No strangling the dancers" "Monday night is gay night"
  • Chekhov's Gun: April and Jessica's Trust Password, though it doesn't take long to fire
  • Chubby Chaser: Marlon's got a major thing for Hildenburg. Much to his friend Jake's disgust.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Male Jessica, who used a pillow to whack her friends across a room.
  • Dumb Blonde: April (kinda). Jessica too.
  • Evil Counterpart: Bianca, to Jessica
    • One could argue that Jake is this to Billy despite the fact that they mingle.
  • Fauxreigner: The white American Jessica, while trapped in the body of the Ambiguously Brown Clive, poses as a Mexican gardener named "Taquito" in order to keep her family from becoming suspicious.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: The pillowfight quickly turns into this when Male Jessica actually starts swinging.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: A variation in that going by the visuals, Jessica and Clive don't actually swap bodies but instead transform into each other. It is treated like a body swap by the plot, though.
  • Gender Bender
  • The Generic Guy / Flat Character: Lulu doesn't really distinguish herself amongst the female protagonists unlike the others. Eden's a goth, Keecia has her unique half-Asian parentage, April is Jessica's best friend, Hildenburg is overweight and has her relationship with Marlon, and Jessica is the main character. Lulu just doesn't have that much in comparison. It doesn't help that she has the least lines out of the posse.
  • Groin Attack: Near the end of the movie, Jessica (Clive) is currently working at a strip club and when Jake asks for her to come over to him so that he can enjoy himself towards her, Jessica walks over to him and stomps on his groin while using it as a stepping stone so that she can get up upon the dancing table platform. Jake doesn't mind too much.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: Male Jessica has a lot of these moments, leading to her repeatedly being Mistaken for Gay by a bartender. When Clive gets his body back, it turns out the bartender was in fact himself gay, and interpreted this as Clive coming on to him.
  • Humiliation Conga: Clive getting honked two times and getting a burn in his arm by Jessica.
    • Jessica herself goes through this a lot during her time as Clive. Most people find her appearance alone offensive, especially Billy, and he's one of the nicer characters.
    • And bad things always happening to Alice's mom. Giving her major headaches.
  • Jerk Jock: Jake
  • Jerkass: Clive has no redeeming qualities at all, from petty thievery to only agreeing to give Jessica back her body if he can rent it to pay off gambling debts. Jake is an asshole too. Plus, Bianca makes Jess seem like a saint at the beginning of the film.
  • Karmic Transformation: Jessica transformed into Clive after he tormented the guy when she mistook him for a mechanic. While wandering around in Clive's body, she realizes how much she took her life for granted.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: While Clive (in Jessica's body) gives Jake a lap-dance, he reverts back to his original body, freaking out and grossed out Jake. In a deleted scene, he apologized to Alice for cheating on her, but she just dumps him.
  • Left the Background Music On: When Jessica returns to admit that she stole the earrings and get it fixed, the woman who runs the store tells her the story of how a Pharaoh's wife traded places with a slave, but got stuck after the full moon. As she's telling the story, the drums in the background swell as the store owner's story comes to a climax, and then just before the end, she stops, grits her teeth, and tells the man offscreen (played by Adam Sandler) to stop banging on the drums. The man mumbles that he thought the music matched the tone of the story.
  • Lovable Jock: Billy, contrasted to Jake. Why the former still hangs out with the latter is anyone's guess. He does descend into Jerkass behavior around Clive/Jessica and even then its justified somewhat given the creepiness that is Clive. When the opposite happens near the climax, he only reacts hurt and runs back to Bianca. When everything is back to normal he is there for Jessica.
    • Marlon may be another example since he didn't do anything too malevolent and is very open about how much he loves Hindenburg.
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: Keecia's mom is Korean (and a black wannabe) and her dad is black and Jewish. Apparently her dad wandered into a Korean liquor store. Go figure...
  • Ms. Fanservice: As Roger Ebert noted, it's terribly ironic how much the film subverts this trope for Jessica, considering how most members of the audience would probably have preferred MUCH more screen time of Clive checking out (in various ways) being in a sexy young woman's body—and MUCH less of the reverse....
  • Mythology Gag: "That's a HUGE bitch!"
  • Nice Guy: Billy, mostly.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: The owner of the strip club has two rules: "No strangling the dancers" and "Monday night is gay night".
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In-universe example: "Taquito" forgets "his" Latino accent after Mrs. Spencer makes a pass at "him."
  • Open-Minded Parent: Alice's dad, it seems. He doesn't want his crazy wife to meddle in their daughter's life.
  • Operation Jealousy: Jessica (in Clive's body) and April went to the prom as couple to make April's jock jerk boyfriend jealous, after he lied about not going and went with someone else. But for April, that's not the only reason...
  • Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?: Jessica (in Clive's body) wakes up with a boner.
  • Painful Body Waxing
  • Perky Goth: Eden (after she joins the Girl Posse)
  • Pet the Dog: Jessica gets one near the beginning of the film with her younger brother.
  • Running Gag: Adam Sandler's character keep banging the bongo. (see Let the Background Music On)
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: The advertisements focus more on Rob Schneider and less on Rachel McAdams.
    • To be fair at the time of the film's releases she was not very well known as she hadn't starred in Mean Girls yet.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Booger recognized Jessica in Clive's body by her body language.
    • Comically averted when Male Jessica tries to convince Billy one more time. When it seems that there's going to be a breakthrough, Billy is disgusted and runs off.
  • Spicy Latina: Bianca. While she's never explicitly identified as being a Latina, she is briefly suspected to be a follower of santeria (Cuban witchcraft).
  • Transformation Trinket: the earrings
  • Where Da White Women At?: Not only does Marlon like Hindenburg because she's white, but also because she's big.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Jessica's little brother Booger.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Seriously, Booger? Even his parents call him as such and there's no indication that it's a nickname.

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